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Antonio Brown ordered to have a mental health evaluation as part of sentencing

The former Steelers’ wide receiver ran into legal trouble this past week but has surrendered to the authorities

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After turning himself in to authorities Thursday night, Antonio Brown was sentenced Friday morning in a Florida court for charges of felony burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when Brown allegedly struck a moving truck driver after an argument over Brown’s refusal to pay for the services. Brown’s trainer was also arrested. As part of Brown’s bail, he has been ordered to undergo both drug and alcohol testing as well as a mental health evaluation.

With other incidents occurring recently at Brown’s residence in Hollywood, Florida, several of those close to Brown have pleaded for him to seek help. Both the mother of three of his children and his former sports agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have cut ties with Brown in hopes he would agree to receive the help he needs. Now thanks to a Broward County judge, Brown will at least have a preliminary evaluation of his mental health.

While Browns fall from grace has been a whirlwind of self-destruction, his ability on the football field is undeniable. But with the fear of going on the Commissioners Exempt List, NFL teams steered away from signing Brown in 2019 following his released by the New England Patriots after Week 2.

When it comes to Antonio Brown, his health and well-being are much more important than his future in the NFL. Hopefully the legal ramifications of his latest incident will force Brown into getting the help many close to him feel he desperately needs.

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